Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Robot news

Uber isn't used by a lot of women (guess why...it's a 4 letter word starting with R) so a woman driver alternative has been set up, and hilarity ensues.

In a related podcast, Freakonomics notes the demise of the hitchhiker.

 where have all the hitchhikers gone? Thumbing a ride used to be commonplace. Now you’re more likely to see it happen in the opening scene of a slasher movie. Maybe that explains it.
but the real alternative is driverless taxis.

UN meeting calls for ban on robot soldiers.

translation: The evil west will have too many of these.

According to the London-based organization Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the United States, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and Britain are moving toward systems that would give machines greater combat autonomy. Human Rights Watch is a co-founder of the organization.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-04-killer-robots.html#jCp

As for the "human control" part: it's a fake argument....because until they get more gigabites into the robobrain, of course it will need human backup.


Robots and avatars can treat social disorders

Another bullcrap article.

Schizophrenia is a biochemical and/or development problem of the brain. Ditto for panic disorder.

all you are doing here is behavioral training, which could of course be done by an ordinary human being.

Why you soon might text robots as much as your friends.

In coming months, users of Facebook's Messenger app, Microsoft's Skype and Canada's Kik can expect to find new automated assistants offering information and services at a variety of businesses. These messaging "chatbots" are basically software that can conduct human-like conversation and do simple jobs once reserved for people. Google and other companies are reportedly working on similar ideas.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-04-text-robots-friends.html#jCp

so I guess our call center jobs in Makati will be outsourced to robots too.

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